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Young Carers Futures conference

The inaugural national conference dedicated to improving the life opportunities for young carers and young adult carers, the one million children and young people providing informal care and support to friends and family members.

The conference is being run by the Young Carers Alliance, a network of over 175 organisations and 400 individuals, and hosted by Carers Trust, the UK’s infrastructure charity for organisations supporting unpaid family carers.

Event details: Monday 16 October 2023, Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Tickets are now sold out and no more are set to become available.

Access the Conference brochure here

Young Carers Futures Conference – Evaluation Form.

Conference agenda 

To find out more about the speakers, please see their biographies on this page.


Welcome and introductions from the co-chairs

  • Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Carers Trust
  • Jordyn, Interim Chair, Carers Trust Youth Advisory Panel
10:10 A video message from The Rt Hon Gillian Keegan, MP, Secretary of State for Education

Keynote One: State of the Nation: Young Carers in the UK

Professor Saul Becker, Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair, Young Carers Strategic Oversight Group


Panel One: From education through to employability – how do we help young carers fulfil their potential?

  • Andrew Baxter, Head of Children in Need Outcomes Policy Unit, Department for Education
  • Gillian Churchill, CEO, Movement to Work
  • Holly Brown, Policy Advisor, UCAS
  • Jordyn, Interim Chair, Carers Trust Youth Advisory Panel
  • Sara Gowen, CEO, Sheffield Young Carers
11:35 Coffee break & head to breakouts


  1. Supporting young carers in employment
    (Commonwealth A - Ground floor)

    - Lucy Hodgeon, Senior Carers into Work Advisor, North Tyneside Carers’ Centre
    - Lisa Jackson, Head of Operations, Going Forward into Employment

  2. Supporting young adult carers in further, higher education and training (Commonwealth B - Ground floor)

    - Holly Brown, Policy Adviser, UCAS
    - Sebastian Catania, Head of Student Support, The Manchester College
    - Michael Hedley, Wellbeing Practitioner (Inclusion), Northumbria University
    - Aymen, a young adult carer who has just completed an Apprenticeship

  3. Young carers and mental health (1894 Room - 2nd floor)
    Dympna Cunnane, CEO, Our Time Charity

    - Kate Moss, Health Development Worker, Gloucestershire Young Carers
    - Sutton Carers Centre


Lunch and networking


Welcome back

  • Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Carers Trust
  • Aymen, Interim Chair, Carers Trust Youth Advisory Panel
13:50 A message from Bridget Phillipson, Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Keynote Two: How can we do better?

Dame Rachel De Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England


Panel Two: Changing Policy; Changing Lives

  • Barry Fletcher, CEO, Youth Futures Foundation
  • Professor Rebecca Lacey, St George’s, University of London
  • Pooja, APPG Youth Advisor
  • Andy McGowan, Policy and Practice Manager, Carers Trust
15:15 Refreshment break & head to breakouts


D. Improving transitions for Young Adult Carers (1894 - 2nd Floor)

- Belinda Jones, Carer Awareness and Voice Team Manager, Caring Together
- Phillip Beck, Head of Partnerships, Schools and Communities & ERMiN, Children’s Services, Norfolk County Council
- Emma Capon, Partnerships and Volunteering Projects Lead, Young Carers Team, West Sussex County Council

E. Improving recognition and identification of young carers (Commonwealth A - Ground floor)

- Maureen Howell, SEND Engagement & Young Carers Lead, Manchester City Council
- Maria Bulkeley, Service Team Leader, Ynys Môn & Gwynedd Young Carers  Projects, Action for Children

F. Supporting young carers in schools - A whole-school approach
(Commonwealth B - Ground floor)
 Adem Ruggiero-Cakir, Programme Manager (Education), Carers Trust
- Michelle Gregory, Young Carers in Schools Administrator, The Children’s Society
- Krista Sharp, CEO, MYTIME Young Carers


Closing remarks

  • Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Carers Trust



What if I can no longer attend? 
Tickets can be refunded up to 30 days before the event via Eventbrite. Service fees and VAT are non-refundable. You can alternatively transfer your ticket to another person up until Friday 6th October if you are unable to attend. Please contact events@carers.org for further information.

How do I get to the venue? 
The conference will be held at the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City Football Club, M11 4TA. Delegates should enter the stadium via the East Stand reception. Please see their website for travel details. 

Is there parking at the venue?
Yes - there is parking at the venue, but we need to know in advance. Please e-mail youngcarers@carers.org and the team will send you the parking information.